KOA System Creating a ‘Presence of Excellence’

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) senior management team completed its main presentations at the outset of the organization’s International Convention Nov. 15-18 in Phoenix, Ariz., President and CEO Pat Hittmeier and COO Toby O’Rourke paused for an interview in which they shed some light on the impressive year-end report Montana-based KOA issued during the gathering. Fully 90% of KOA’s parks, they told some 600 attendees, posted gains in 2017. Here’s an edited look at that conversation... Read more

RVillage CEO Touts Website as ‘RVers Facebook’

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVillage CEO Curtis Coleman at RV/MH Hall of Fame RVillage, an online social network whose founder describes as the “Facebook for RVers,” has accumulated some 82,000 members and garners 60,000 to 100,000 page views a day since its launch 3 1/2 years ago. ”We are not a ‘club,’ we are a social network,” said Curtis Coleman, founder and CEO of Tempe, Ariz.-based RV Friend Network LLC, which runs the multifaceted RVillage platform. Through the site, RVers can be connected with... Read more

Startup Braxton Creek RV Touting a New Mindset

November 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Braxton Creek management team including (front row from left): Kent Yoder, secretary/treasurer; David Geiger, chairman; Marvin Metzler, president. Second row: Don Dorton, vice president of sales and marketing and Director Craig Detweiler. (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) The formidable team first sat down to the table in January, mapping out the details and formulating the skeleton for the rollout of Braxton Creek RV LLC, a towable builder intent on “filling a void” in the entry-level, stick-and-tin... Read more

RVIA is Honoring Bontrager, Wilkins at Louisville

November 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Derald Bontrager The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will honor Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc., and Wilkins RV President Brian Wilkins with the organization’s top awards during a special RV Industry Awards event, taking place during the National RV Trade Show on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Mercury Ballroom located in downtown Louisville, Ky., a couple of blocks from Fourth Street Live. According to a release, Bontrager will receive RVIA’s Distinguished... Read more

SSI: Towable RV Sales Climb 9.8% Through Sept.

November 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable sales continued to outpace 2016, posting a 9.8% gain for the first nine months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).  Results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 11.1% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations were up 7.7% for the nine months. Folding camping trailer sales edged down 6.1% through September. Park model RV sales fell 4.3% year-to-date. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader... Read more

RV Vendors & Dealers Applaud RVDA’s Con/Expo

November 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After two final seminars on compliance issues this morning (Nov. 10), the books will have officially closed on the 2017 Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas. By all accounts, this year’s edition of the annual Con/Expo – sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center – was highly successful. And beyond final attendance numbers, which are expected shortly – although pre-registrations were... Read more

Camping World Reports 25% Rise in 3Q Revenue

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. reported a 25% increase in revenue for its third quarter, ended Sept. 30, boosted by strong performance in new vehicle sales. During the period, revenue totaled $1.24 billion compared with $991.1 million in last year’s third quarter. Net income increased 24.6% to $85.3 million, or 68 cents per diluted share, from $68.4 million a year ago while gross profit increased 27.3% to $356.7 million and gross margin increased 51 basis points to 28.8%. Adjusted EBITDA... Read more

Helder Presents ‘Energetic’ Keynote at Con/Expo

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Chris Helder delivers keynote at RVDA Con/Expo In an energetic and humorous keynote address Tuesday (Nov. 7) at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas, noted author and speaker Chris Helder began his presentation by challenging the wisdom of the old adage that “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” (To view a slideshow of the convention’s opening day scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). “What is... Read more

Innovation Expert Gutsche to Keynote Outlook ’18

November 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeremy Gutsche The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced New York Times best-selling author and award-winning innovation expert Jeremy Gutsche as the keynote speaker during Outlook 2018. According to a press release, the annual event, held at 7 a.m. on Nov. 28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is attended by over 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives, and is recognized as the place where the industry can receive key insights on trends... Read more

ROTV, RVB ‘RV Of The Year’ Show Will Air in Feb.

November 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) is beginning production on the “2018 RVBusiness RV Of The Year Awards” show scheduled to air starting Feb. 11, 2018. According to a press release, this is the third year that RVBusiness and “Rollin’ On TV” have partnered in producing this special event showcasing the top five finalists as determined by the staff or RVBusiness magazine as well as the ultimate “RV Of The Year.” This year’s show, co-hosted by ROTV’s Jeff Johnston and Colleen... Read more

RV Strength Pushes LCI To 35% Gain in 3Q Sales

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LCI Industries today (Nov. 2) reported consolidated net sales for the third quarter of $555 million, 35% higher than the 2016 third quarter net sales of $412 million. Net income was $32.1 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30, compared to net income of $29.8 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, a year ago. The increase in year-over-year net sales reflects industrywide growth in wholesale shipments of towable and motorized RVs by OEMs, which increased 26% and 13%,... Read more

Patrick Completes Indiana Transport Acquisition

November 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Nov. 1) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart-based Indiana Transport Inc., a leading transportation and logistics service provider primarily to original equipment manufacturers and dealers in the recreational vehicle  market. Patrick projects Indiana Transport’s full-year 2017 revenues to be approximately $100 million, according to a release, and expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive... Read more

Lazydays’ CEO Murnane: It’s ‘Business as Usual’

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays’ Chairman and CEO William P. Murnane There’s no more recognizable name in U.S. RV retailing than Lazydays – officially known as Lazydays R.V. Center Inc. The suburban Tampa dealership’s original headquarters store, launched in 1976 under the guiding hands of Don, Ron and H.K. Wallace, has claimed status over the years as America’s largest single RV dealership. Today, under subsequent ownership, it’s a bonafide 126-acre commercial tourist destination drawing hundreds of thousands... Read more

Lazydays Merger Results in Listing On NASDAQ

October 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays R.V. Center Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Adina Acquisition Corp. II, a “special purpose acquisition company,” according to an Oct. 27 release. At the conclusion of the transaction, the combined company will be renamed Lazydays Holdings Inc. The suburban Tampa dealership, which operates stores in Tucson, Ariz., as well as Loveland, Denver and Longmont, Col., will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lazydays Holdings, Inc., a publicly held company listed... Read more

RV Surge Boosts Patrick To 34% Rise in 3Q Sales

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 34% year-over-year increase in sales during its third quarter, ended Sept. 24. Revenue during the period rose to $407.5 million from $304.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was attributable to industry growth, acquisitions, geographic expansion efforts, and market share gains. Sales from the RV industry, which represented 67% of third quarter sales, increased 29%.  Patrick reported net income in the third quarter... Read more

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